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Role and responsibilities of Local Councils

By | 2017-11-09T15:54:39+02:00 September 11th, 2016|September 2016|

Last month witnessed the overhauling of local councils through the elections process. Opposition parties mounted a strong campaign against the ruling party and as a result many large councils are now going to struggle with coalitions. Here is an article which explains the way local governments function and what is their role. Clearly if our

Certification of the 93 Practitioners Trained by the Five Trainers

By | 2017-11-09T15:54:39+02:00 September 11th, 2016|September 2016|

Practitioners of the Kwa Makutha cohort, with trainer, Feziwe Gambo (extreme right) The final certification ceremony took place on 30 August 2016 at the Ritson Hall DUT. Speakers at the function included Paddy Kearney (GDT Chair); Kudzai Mqingwana (Sibaya Funding Manager); Geraldine Job (Dept. of Social Development Regional Coordinator); Professor Lortan (DUT, Head

Izimpande Zobuntu Project Trainers Commended

By | 2017-11-09T15:54:39+02:00 September 11th, 2016|September 2016|

The five trainers (showing certificates), with Paddy (GDT Trust), Heleen & Gugu (DUT Food & Nutrition) and Nomandla (GDT Trainer) August marks the close of Phase/Year Three of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Izimpande Zobuntu (Roots of Ubuntu) Values Education Project. In the third phase of the project the training model shifted from

Ashok Ramsarup Gets an Award

By | 2017-11-09T15:54:39+02:00 August 1st, 2016|August 2016|

The AIDS Society of India, People’s Health Organisation and CNS an Indian News agency in collaboration with the Gandhi Development Trust gave a recognition award to Ashok Ramsarup for his dedicated service to media work incorporating local and overseas news. Present at the ceremony were Dr Ishwar Gilada, who was involved with first HIV diagnosis

The Mahatma Gandhi Media Lecture

By | 2017-11-09T15:54:39+02:00 August 1st, 2016|August 2016|

On the 18 August at 11 a.m. at the Durban University of Technology’s City Campus Room 149 the Mahatma Gandhi Media Lecture will be delivered. The guest speaker this year is a renowned Prof. Aashish Kumar from the Hofstra University USA, where he is teaching undergraduate students in single camera documentary production. He has various

Mandela Day Service:

By | 2017-11-09T15:54:39+02:00 August 1st, 2016|August 2016|

As we have done for the past three years we partnered with a sister organisation –The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes-ACCORD. We identified the historic heritage site The Phoenix Settlement as the site for service. This is the site where in 1904 Mahatma Gandhi established his first Ashram. There are several activities

How does one deal with Anger?

By | 2017-11-09T15:54:40+02:00 August 1st, 2016|August 2016|

His holiness the Dalai Lama said we should always wait a moment before reacting. We just need that moment to cool off to get your thoughts together and the anger dissipates and your actions become carefully considered actions rather than anger driven actions. While we speak of rapid response to issues of crime and violence,

August Nine and Women’s Position

By | 2017-11-09T15:54:40+02:00 August 1st, 2016|August 2016|

As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the famous demonstrations in front of the Union buildings in Pretoria staged by 20,000 women of all races and classes establishing the oneness of South African society, we are once again confronted by the demons of racism, of inequality and of continued strife. Ironically August 9th also marks

Attacks on Nice and Munich What Next?

By | 2017-11-09T15:54:40+02:00 August 1st, 2016|August 2016|

Trying to understand the various attacks that have taken place on innocent people in the past month One cannot help but wonder whether there is some form of mania behind all this. The responses from various leaders, Newt Gingrich of France, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton have been vocal about their intention to hit back albeit

Prejudice and Violence

By | 2017-11-09T15:54:40+02:00 July 22nd, 2016|July 2016|

I grew up on a farm.  We had no electricity and very little money to be able to buy a fridge so we could not keep vegetables in the house overnight.  We used to harvest fresh beans and herbs.  Pumpkin was the only vegetable that we could keep for days on end.  We had animals.